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September 26, 2016. Swaady Martin is the Founder and CEO of the SWAADY GROUP, a socially responsible group of brands that process African raw commodities into high-value products distributed globally. Passionate about agro-beneficiation, Swaady first launched YSWARA, a company that offers high quality African tea and artisan teatime accessories. Today YSWARA is present in 15 countries throughout high-end stores, restaurants, hotels and spas such as Selfridges and the Four Seasons Hotel Group. The brand was awarded the SME Excellence Award in 2014. Prior to launching YSWARA, Swaady had a 10-year career at General Electric Co., where she held leadership positions in several divisions across the world. Her most recent position was GE Transportation Director for Sub-Saharan Africa and acting-CEO for GE South Africa Technologies. Swaady has received numerous distinctions and awards such as being named one of the "Youngest Power Women in Africa" by Forbes, as well as being selected for the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme in 2012. Swaady holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Lausanne and an MBA from the London School of Economics (LSE), NYU Stern Business School and HEC Paris Business School.

The Board of Directors is the supervisory organ of ASE. It influences the overall vision and strategic direction of ASE while making sure that ASE stays true to its mission. Together, its members will bring a wealth of expertise in academia, higher education institution management, fundraising strategies and Africa's development problematic. Click here to read more about its members.



September 15, 2016. ASE welcomed last Tuesday September 13 Mr. James M. Roberts, from The Heritage Foundation, for the first Professional Seminar of the 2016-17 academic year. James Roberts, an expert in issues of economic freedom and growth,  addressed ASE students and staff members including the Dean, Father Claude Domfang and Professor David Gbaguidi. James Roberts gave a presentation on economic freedom, with a focus on Benin and its neighboring countries. This topic prompted lively discussion among the audience, especially from the students whose questions showed deep engagement with the speaker.

Mr Roberts was accompanied by the Public Affairs officer of the Embassy of the USA in Benin, Kanishka Gangopadhyay, as well as another member of the staff from the embassy. He offered the school library twenty copies of the book "2016 Index of Economic Freedom, Economics Promoting Opportunity and Prosperity." He also distributed  a booklet summarizing this book at the event. Like James Roberts, Kanishka Gangopadhyay lauded the impressive work of the students at ASE, also adding that the beauty of the campus was of a notable standard in Benin. The event started at 9 am and ended at 11 am with a family photo.

The Heritage Foundation is an American conservative think tank whose mission is to promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.


Students and staff attended the seminar



Mr. Roberts getting ready for the presentation


Mr. Roberts addressing the audience


Mr. Roberts addressing the audience


September 13, 2016.  Hamet Aguemon started his career in London in 2003 working for Koch Supply & Trading, and then EDF Trading in Risk management, followed by physical and derivatives commodity trading. In 2008, he joined Goldman Sachs where he was responsible for overseeing their efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa. Hamet has extensive experience working with most governments, financial institutions and corporations in Sub-Saharan Africa. From March 2012 to February 2014, he held the position of Director at VTB Capital, and started their expansion into Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2014, Hamet founded Emerging Africa Investment Partners to support the booming sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2015, he joined the cabinet of Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou in Benin to lead the effort with the private sector. Following the election in April 2016, Hamet left the public office to start Khulatech, a technology startup with the objective of digitalizing the regional economies through innovative and disruptive contents. Hamet holds a Master in Finance from Ecole Supérieure de Gestion Paris, and an MBA from the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania).


The Board of Directors is the supervisory organ of ASE. It influences the overall vision and strategic direction of ASE while making sure that ASE stays true to its mission. Together, its members will bring a wealth of expertise in academia, higher education institution management, fundraising strategies and Africa’s development problematic. Click here to read more about its members.

September 9, 2016. The fall semester at the African School of Economics opened on Monday, September 5, with 61 new first-year students on campus and a total enrollment, including doctoral candidates, of 100. Students at ASE represent over 15 African nationalities, with the largest number of new students coming from Benin, followed by Cameroon, Ghana and Burkina Faso. The Class of 2018 will eventually be joined by a second intake of students that will arrive in Benin in January 2017.

Among the many events on the calendar for the 2016-17 academic year at ASE are the Summer Institute for Economic Research (SIER) that will take place in December and the Academic and Professional Seminar Series, that take place at ASE on a bi-weekly basis. The seminar series provides students the opportunity to engage with high-quality scholarly research; by welcoming a wide-range of scholarly talent to ASE’s campus on a regular basis, this series is sure to spark the academic interests of students.

2016 is a crucial year for ASE as three new programs have been added to the Master in Mathematics Economics and Statistics and Master in Business Administration that will soon celebrate their first cohort of graduates. Starting this September the school is also offering master degrees in Public Administration, Development Economics, and a Doctoral Program in Economics.

For more information on our programs an how to enrol, click here.


Still of a class by Associate Dean and Professor, David Gbaguidi.


A couple of students review their notes.


Two students working on an assignment.


Dean Fr Claude Domfang and Professor Alice Bonou chatting at the Faculty Lounge.



September 6, 2016. The African School of Economics is taking part in the fourth edition of the Policy Evaluation Days (Journées Béninoises de l'Evaluation - JBE), a three-day conference organized by the Government of Benin that started last Monday September 7 at Palais de Congres, in Cotonou. The event, themed Use of evaluation results to change the living conditions of populations, was officially opened by Mr. Pascal Irénée Koupaki, Secretary-General of the Presidency.

ASE was invited by the Ministry of Development, the organiser of the conference, thanks to the good reputation of the school and its prestigious certificate in Impact Evaluation. A total of fifteen students are participating in the conference, some as attendees while others are in charge of the reports that will be presented to the Ministry when the event concludes. ASE also has a promotional stand managed by students where a variety of brochures and booklets are offered to participants who are interested to learn more about the school and the programs offered.

After numerous lectures and training on Monday, including a presentation by ASE professor Deo Gracias Houndolo on “Impact evaluation: general and some innovative approaches “, Tuesday ushered in a host of other interesting topics. Participants discussed different topics ranging from overall evaluation planning, planning for a better use of evaluation results, and the challenges of incorporating sustainable development goals when planning for evaluation. The ASE stand continued to receive many visitors whilst students participated in the different workshops and training sessions.

Many countries shared their experiences in Evaluation: Benin, Niger, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Uganda, and South Africa. Participants also gained insights about evaluation from UEMOA (West African Economic Union) and BOAD (West African Development Bank) as well as from some local Beninese authorities.

The last day of the National Evaluation Days focussed on the application and the influence of evaluation in decision-making and policy. Guests also discussed the roles of Parliament and civil society in the applications of evaluation.

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Click here to learn more about ASE's certificate in impact evaluation and here if you want to download the program brochure (texts in French).


Clément Edah, agro-economist, ASE Certificate in Impact Evaluation alumnus


ASE stand, managed by students, received numerous visits


Policy Evaluation Days takes place in Palais de Congres


Group picture of some of the participants in front of ASE stand